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Rich people I know and the cars they drive...

Postby PNGMK » Fri, 06 Nov 2015 8:19 am

From the book "The Millionaires Next Door" - I wrote this for an investment class a few years back and stumbled across it. Make your own contributions!

Millionaires (or Rich Folk) I have known and their cars.... Ray G,
1 x 25 yo Volvo and a 20 yo Merc.
Worked through lunches (never ate) to keep calories off and save money. Never entertained business clients. Light drinker, none smoker, happy marriage (key to success IME). His only extravagance is his Motorcycle collection.
Started Unidata – I was fortunate to have him as a mentor but he didn’t pass on much investment advice… but he’s not a fan of the stock market at heart.
He’s not a miser but extremely cautious. Retired at 55 and now spends time travelling the world learning French and researching mediaeval paint types (he has a paint chip collection that has to be seen to be believed).
I know a former millionaires!
D D. A spender who couldn’t keep his hands off the check book. He had $16 MM GBP in the bank at one point and his financial adviser told him “lock it up, you can’t trust yourself” and of course he didn’t . HE now lives off his wife’s income I think and has to drive an older car.
The richest person I know personally owns the “Escalator Handle Company” – they make escalator handles for 80% of the world market. He’s remarried a Chinese gold digger who will clean him out eventually. He catches taxis.
Three brothers from school own 50% of an aircraft charter company . They proved 1+1+1 = 5. The youngest is the CEO, the eldest is the chief mechanic and they made the middle one learn to fly. Rare to see this sort of structure work tho IME. Not really into cars.
However, one of the happiest and most content people I know is Kevin Martin, he’s a missionary in West Papua and will probably die in the village eventually with the people he works with, he had a super supportive wife. One of the important points of wealth to me is to be generous with it. I think he has a motorbike.
Investment is not the path to happiness but a path to a goal that might aid in happiness.
A surprising number of millionaires in Singapore are not the flashy business people the government here loves but the old school careful investors and business people in the non sexy businesses. The richest Singaporean I know is KK Kuah – he owns Metalok – all they do is refit engines and prop shafts for big ships in a filthy shipyard. I don’t think he owns a car (I think he’s leases a car w driver).
Some notes I put together for an investment class.
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Re: Rich people I know and the cars they drive...

Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 06 Nov 2015 11:53 am

You teach? On how to invest? Just curious.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:30 pm

EF, I'm not sure if it's from PNGMK or just copy/pasted by him. I seem to have read/seen this somewhere before (unless he wrote it somewhere before as I haven't read the book). After all, he did post it in the Leisure chat, jokes & rubbish forum

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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:52 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:EF, I'm not sure if it's from PNGMK or just copy/pasted by him. I seem to have read/seen this somewhere before (unless he wrote it somewhere before as I haven't read the book). After all, he did post it in the Leisure chat, jokes & rubbish forum


I wrote it but it's similar to the book I refer to. I don't teach investment - I took a class in investment.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 Nov 2015 12:56 pm

That's why it seemed familiar. I know I read something somewhere else a couple of years ago, but I might have seen, as you say, a copy paste of the original book. I stand corrected. ;-)

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Re: Rich people I know and the cars they drive...

Postby bgd » Fri, 06 Nov 2015 2:19 pm

A Premiership player made the news last week because he drives a cheap car.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... Micra.html


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Re: Rich people I know and the cars they drive...

Postby JR8 » Sat, 07 Nov 2015 3:11 am

And he's the smartest guy in the room, just know one realises it until 20 years later... hehehe...
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